Prof. Dr. Dagmar DeuberDagmar Deuber

Chair of Variation Linguistics


Englisches Seminar
Johannisstraße 12-20
D - 48143 Münster

Room: 127
Phone: +49 (0) 251 - 83 - 2 56 03
E-Mail: deuber
Office hours

Administration: Jutta Heuger

Nigerian Pidgin In Lagos English In The Caribbean


  • Research Areas

    • varieties of English world-wide (special focus: Caribbean)
    • English-based Pidgins and Creoles
    • language contact
    • sociolinguistics
    • corpus linguistics
    • language use in media
  • CV


    Post-doctoral degree (‘Habilitation’) in English Philology, University of Freiburg
    PhD in English Philology, University of Freiburg
    PhD scholarship, German National Academic Foundation
    Visiting PhD student, Department of English, University of Lagos, Nigeria (DAAD scholarship)
    MA in English, German and Romance Philologies, University of Freiburg
    Visiting student, Universidad Complutense de Madrid (DAAD scholarship)
    Visiting student, University of Durham, UK (DAAD scholarship)


    Chair of Variation Linguistics, English Department, University of Münster
    Assistant professor, English Department, University of Freiburg
    Visiting researcher and lecturer, Department of Liberal Arts, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad (DAAD scholarship)
    Research assistant, English Department, University of Freiburg
    Research assistant in DFG project "Sprache als Mittel der Identitätskonstitution und Abgrenzung" as part of SFB 541 "Identities and Alterities", University of Freiburg
    Research assistant in DFG project "Sprache als Mittel der Identitätskonstitution und Abgrenzung" as part of SFB 541 "Identities and Alterities", University of Freiburg

    External functions

    Editorial board member, Journal of English Linguistics
    Member of the editorial advisory committee, Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages
    Editorial board member, English World-Wide
  • Projects

  • Publications

    Books (Monographs)


    Articles in Journals
    • Meer Philipp, Westphal Michael, Hänsel Eva Canan, Deuber Dagmar. . ‘Trinidadian secondary school students' attitudes toward accents of Standard English.’ Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages . [Accepted]
    • Wilson Guyanne, Westphal Michael, Hartmann Johanna, Deuber Dagmar. . ‘The use of question tags in different text types of Trinidadian English.’ World Englishes 36, No. 4: 726-743. doi: 10.1111/weng.12247.
    • Hänsel Eva, Deuber Dagmar. . ‘Globalization, postcolonial Englishes, and the English language press in Kenya, Singapore, and Trinidad and Tobago.’ World Englishes 32: 338-357. doi: 10.1111/weng.12035.
    • Deuber Dagmar, Leung Glenda. . Investigating attitudes towards an emerging standard of English: Evaluations of newscasters' accents in Trinidad.’ Multilingua 32: 289-319.
    • Deuber Dagmar. . ‘Towards endonormative standards of English in the Caribbean: A study of students' beliefs and school curricula.’ Language, Culture and Curriculum 26: 109-127. doi: 10.1080/07908318.2013.794816.
    • Deuber Dagmar. . ‘Modal verb usage at the interface of English and a related Creole: A corpus-based study of can/could and will/would in Trinidadian English.’ Journal of English Linguistics 38: 105-142. doi: 10.1177/0075424209348151.
    • Deuber Dagmar. . Standard English and situational variation: Sociolinguistic considerations in the compilation of ICE-Trinidad and Tobago.’ ICAME Journal 34: 24-40.
    • Deuber Dagmar. . ‘"The English we speaking": Morphological and syntactic variation in educated Jamaican speech.’ Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages 24: 1-52. doi: 10.1075/jpcl.24.1.02deu.
    • Deuber Dagmar, Hinrichs Lars. . ‘Dynamics of orthographic standardization in Jamaican Creole and Nigerian Pidgin.’ World Englishes 26: 22-47. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-971X.2007.00486.x.
    • Deuber Dagmar. . ‘"First year of nation's return to government of make you talk your own make I talk my own": Anglicisms versus pidginization in news translations into Nigerian Pidgin.’ English World-Wide 23: 159-222. doi: 10.1075/eww.23.2.03deu.
    • Deuber Dagmar. . ‘Ethnicity versus national integration in Nigeria: A sociolinguistic perspective.’ Journal of Cultural Studies 2: 206-218. doi: 10.4314%2Fjcs.v2i1.6243.
    Conference Articles
    Articles in Edited Books
    • Deuber, Dagmar. . ‘The Indian Tabloid in English.’ In Contested Communities: Communication, Narration, Imagination, edited by Mühleisen, Susanne, 113-127. Leiden: Brill │ Rodopi.
    • Hackert Stephanie, Deuber Dagmar. . ‘American influence on written Caribbean English: A diachronic analysis of newspaper reportage in the Bahamas and in Trinidad and Tobago.’ In Grammatical Change in English World-Wide, edited by Collins Peter, 389-410. Amsterdam: Benjamins.
    • Leung Glenda Alicia, Deuber Dagmar. . ‘Indo-Trinidadian speech: An investigation into a popular stereotype surrounding pitch.’ In English in the Indian Diaspora, edited by Hundt Marianne, Sharma Devyani, 9-27. Amsterdam: Benjamins.
    • Hackert Stephanie, Deuber Dagmar, Biewer Carolin, Hilbert Michaela. . Modals of possibility, ability and permission in selected New Englishes.’ In Corpus Linguistics and Variation in English: Focus on Non-Native Englishes, edited by Huber Magnus, Mukherjee Joybrato, n. pag. Helsinki: Research Unit for Variation, Contacts and Change in English.
    • Deuber Dagmar, Sand Andrea. . Computer-mediated communication in Singapore: Spoken language features in weblogs and a discussion forum.’ In Anglistentag 2012 Potsdam: Proceedings, edited by Röder Katrin, Wischer Ilse, 385-396. Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag.
    • Deuber Dagmar, Youssef Valerie. . ‘Trinidadian Creole.’ In The Mouton World Atlas of Variation in English, edited by Kortmann Bernd, Lunkenheimer Kerstin, 320-328. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton.
    • Deuber Dagmar, Biewer Carolin, Hackert Stephanie, Hilbert Michaela. . ‘Will and would in selected New Englishes: General and variety-specific tendencies.’ In Mapping Unity and Diversity in English World-Wide: Corpus-Based Studies of New Englishes, edited by Hundt Marianne, Gut Ulrike, 77-102. Amsterdam: Benjamins.
    • Deuber Dagmar. . ‘The creole continuum and individual agency: Approaches to stylistic variation in Jamaica.’ In Variation in the Caribbean: From Creole Continua to Individual Agency, edited by Hinrichs Lars, Farquharson Joseph T., 133-161. Amsterdam: Benjamins.
    • Hinrichs Lars, Deuber Dagmar. . ‘Writing non-standardized Pidgin/Creole languages in computer-mediated communication: A comparison of orthographic strategies in Jamaican Creole and Nigerian Pidgin.’ In Sprach- und Kulturkontakt in den Neuen Medien, edited by Kleinberger Günther Ulla, Wagner Franc, 97-134. Bern: Lang.
    • Deuber Dagmar. . ‘Caribbean ICE corpora: Some issues for fieldwork and analysis.’ In Corpora: Pragmatics and Discourse. Papers from the 29th International Conference on English Language Research on Computerized Corpora (ICAME 29), edited by Jucker Andreas H., Hundt Marianne, Schreier Daniel, 425-450. Amsterdam: Rodopi.
    • Deuber Dagmar. . ‘Standard English in the secondary school in Trinidad: Problems - properties - prospects.’ In World Englishes - Problems, Properties and Prospects: Selected Papers from the 13th IAWE Conference, edited by Hoffmann Thomas, Siebers Lucia, 83-104. Amsterdam: Benjamins.
    • Deuber Dagmar. . ‘Aspects of variation in educated Nigerian Pidgin: Verbal structures.’ In Structure and Variation in Language Contact, edited by Deumert Ana, Durrleman Stéphanie, 243-261. Amsterdam: Benjamins.
    • Deuber Dagmar, Oloko Patrick. . ‘Linguistic and literary development of Nigerian Pidgin: The contribution of radio drama.’ In The Politics of English as a World Language: New Horizons in Postcolonial Cultural Studies., edited by Mair Christian, 289-303. Amsterdam: Rodopi.
    Articles in Encyclopedia
    • Deuber Dagmar. . ‘Syntax.’ In Theories and Methods in Linguistics, edited by Kortmann Bernd. Berlin: De Gruyter.
    • Deuber Dagmar. . ‘Substitution test.’ In Theories and Methods in Linguistics, edited by Kortmann Bernd. Berlin: De Gruyter.
    • Deuber Dagmar. . ‘Style.’ In Theories and Methods in Linguistics, edited by Kortmann Bernd. Berlin: De Gruyter.
    • Deuber Dagmar. . ‘Interactional sociolinguistics.’ In Theories and Methods in Linguistics, edited by Kortmann Bernd. Berlin: De Gruyter.
    • Deuber Dagmar. . ‘Creole continuum.’ In Theories and Methods in Linguistics, edited by Kortmann Bernd. Berlin: De Gruyter.
    • Deuber Dagmar. . ‘Constituent test.’ In Theories and Methods in Linguistics, edited by Kortmann Bernd. Berlin: De Gruyter.


    • Deuber Dagmar. . ‘Review of Carolin Biewer, South Pacific Englishes: A Sociolinguistic and Morphosyntactic Profile of Fiji English, Samoan English and Cook Islands English (Amsterdam: Benjamins, 2015).’ Anglistik 27, No. 2: 198-199.
    • Deuber Dagmar. . ‘Review of Dele Adeyanju, ed., The Sociolinguistics of English and Nigerian Languages (München: Lincom, 2009).’ English World-Wide 33: 231-235.
    • Deuber Dagmar. . ‘Review of Farzad Sharifian and Gary B. Palmer, eds., Applied Cultural Linguistics: Implications for Second Language Learning and Intercultural Communication (Amsterdam: Benjamins, 2007).’ Multilingua 28: 471-474.
    • Deuber Dagmar. . ‘Review of John Holm und Peter L. Patrick, eds., Comparative Creole Syntax: Parallel Outlines of 18 Creole Grammars (London: Battlebridge, 2007).’ Arbeiten aus Anglistik und Amerikanistik 33: 338-341.
    • Deuber Dagmar. . ‘Review of Michael Aceto und Jeffrey P. Williams, eds., Contact Englishes of the Eastern Caribbean (Amsterdam: Benjamins, 2003).’ Arbeiten aus Anglistik und Amerikanistik 31: 250-253.
    • Deuber Dagmar. . ‘Review of Susanne Mühleisen, Creole Discourse: Exploring Prestige Formation and Change across Caribbean English-Lexicon Creoles (Amsterdam: Benjamins, 2002).’ Arbeiten aus Anglistik und Amerikanistik 30: 271-274.
    • Deuber Dagmar. . ‘Review of Paul Skandera, Drawing a Map of Africa: Idiom in Kenyan English (Tübingen: Narr, 2003).’ World Englishes 24: 551-552.
  • Supervised Theses

    Supervised Dissertations

    Gerfer, AnikaWhite appropriation of Jamaican Creole in reggae and dancehall music
    Gao, CuicuiMetadiscourse in Academic Lectures: A Comparative Analysis of MOOCs and University Lectures
    Hartmann, JohannaMobile outer circle speakers’ attitudes towards different varieties of English
    Li, ZeyuAcquisition of Rhoticity by Second Language (L2) Learners of English
    Meer, PhilippStandard English in Trinidadian Secondary Schools: Accent Variation and Attitudes
    Durgasingh, RyanInfluences on Trinidadian English Morphosyntax
    Jansen, LisaThe Language of English Pop and Rock Music – A Study in the Sociolinguistics of Performance and Language Attitudes
    Muhammad, ShakirA Corpus based Comparison of Variation in Online Registers of Pakistani English
    Hänsel, EvaStandard accents in the Grenadian secondary and tertiary educational system: A study of attitudes and usage
    Westphal, MichaelLinguistic variation in Jamaican radio
    Wilson, GuyanneThe Sociolinguistics of Singing: Dialect and Style in Classical Choral Singing in Trinidad

    Supervised Habilitations

    Westphal, MichaelTag questions across Englishes: A corpus pragmatic analysis